ERIC Number: ED198655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Special Needs, Special People: The Training of Paraprofessionals and the Education of Children with Handicaps.
Kaplan, George R.
The booklet looks at both the problems and the potential of training paraprofessionals as aides in the education of handicapped children. The case for training paraprofessionals is supported with such rationales as the economy of using paraprofessional staff. Qualities of leaders in the field of paraprofessional training are listed, including that they are pragmatists with a humanitarian bent. Problems facing trainers are mentioned, and the lack of materials on special education paraprofessionals is pointed out. Variance in the relationship between special education teachers and their paraprofessional aides is considered. Several programs for training paraprofessionals are described, including those in High Point, North Carolina (Training Project for Paraprofessionals in Education for the Handicapped); New Castle, Indiana; San Antonio, Texas (Paraprofessional Assistance in Special Education--PASE); Omaha, Nebraska (Eastern Nebraska Community Office of Retardation--ENCOR); and Idaho Falls, Idaho. The career ladder for the paraprofessional in special education is discussed and finally, certain common features and cautions that designers of training programs should consider are offered. (SBH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Queens Coll. New Careers Training Lab.
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